Coming Up at GWSC

Christmas Pursuit Race and Lunch

On Sunday 18th December we will be holding the annual Christmas Pursuit Race followed by Christmas Lunch. Details of the pursuit race will be published soon. The prize-giving for the Gill Autumn Series will take place after the lunch.

You can book your Christmas Lunch here and select from the following menu:

Starters:

Creamy Mushrooms

Chicken Liver Pate served with toast

Classic Prawn Cocktail

Main Courses:

Roast Turkey served with chipolata sausages, chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes in goose fat,

seasonal vegetables and a rich gravy

Pan fried Salmon with parsley butter, crushed new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Root Veg and Camembert nut roast with seasonal vegetables

Puddings:

Christmas pudding with brandy butter

Yule Log with cream

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Online Seminar – Weather Forecasting

The club is hosting an online seminar on Tuesday 10th January. The speaker will be Simon Rowell who has been the meteorologist for the British Sailing Team since 2015.

Simon led the forecasting at the Olympic & Paralympic Games in Rio and will be sharing tips for reading the weather and wind conditions upon arrival at a sailing venue.

The seminar will start at 6.45pm, will be held online using Teams and tickets cost £3. You can book here.

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Looking Forward to Next Season

All our regular Saturday activities will be restarting on 1st April 2023. See below for more details:

Taster Sessions

Would you like to find out if sailing is for you? Or perhaps you sailed a very long time ago and want to see if you’d like to get back into it? Then our Taster Sessions are for you. We offer one, two or three hour dinghy sailing sessions, two-and-a-half hour windsurfer sessions and coming soon, stand-up paddleboarding and wingsurfing tasters. All of these are open to non-members.

Club Coaching

Our popular Saturday coaching sessions restart on 1st April 2023. These are open to all members who have passed an RYA Level 2 (adult) or Stage 2 (youth) course. Adult coaching on Saturday mornings is followed by Sociable Saturday racing in the afternoon, with two informal races allowing those who want more relaxed racing away from the cut-and-thrust of club racing to improve their skills in a friendly environment.

In parallel with this is Team Grafham, where the National and International Champions of tomorrow can hone their sailing skills. We have a group of youngsters who have been joining in Team Grafham for many years; several are now RYA qualified Dinghy Instructors or Assistant Instructors but there is always something more to learn. Those who are younger or newer to sailing have a dedicated instructor who helps them to gain more confidence in the boat and improve their boat handling skills. It is a great place to make new friends and improve your sailing, the older sailors are always looking out for the younger, less experienced ones.

Casual Sailing

Of course the water is open every day (except at Christmas and New Year) for those who just want to enjoy the water. Check the opening and closing times, and be sure to observe the safety flags and let the Coxswain know if you are going afloat during the week when the safety cover is “reactive”. On Tuesday mornings we have ‘Tuesday Group‘ and on Friday afternoons ‘Friendly Friday‘ for those who want to join an organised group of casual sailors.